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Blizzard forum goers will soon no longer have to fear the dreaded internet troll.  (Source: Amazon.com)
Changes will first go into effect on Starcraft II forums, WoW forums likely next

Internet trolling charitably could be referred to as a pop culture phenomena.  People online seem often to develop proclivities for trying to get under each others' skin and in the most extreme cases a troll is born.

But trolls days of lurking around internet message boards may be limited -- at least if Activision Blizzard can help it.  The company, which makes the best-selling
 World of Warcraft and Starcraft franchise has announced that it will be forcing players to use their real names on online message boards.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
, will be the first game to enact the new rules when it releases on July 27.  Those changes will quickly be rolled out to other games -- likely including World of Warcraft, the world's most popular paid MMORPG, with over 11.5 million subscribers.

The company is offering players the option of putting their in-game handle next to their real world name.  However, it will not currently force players to do this.  It says that players choosing to do so will be helping to create a more positive environment.

It says the changes in generally should cut down on trolling and nasty behavior in the forums.  

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says such erasures of privacy are nothing new.  He points out that the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, recently switched to requiring real names, and that businesses are typically well within their rights to demand such provisions.  

That said, he said such moves are disappointing as part of the magic of the internet is anonymity and alter-egos.  He states, "Part of the fun of the online gaming would was the sense that you could construct a character different form who you were in the real world."



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RE: This is absurd.
By TSS on 7/8/2010 9:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Then i assume that none of you use their internet connection to play online? Because that costs money.

As well as the electricity used to even operate a PC.

We are all already paying daily for gaming, maybe in costs we don't realise, but we do. So get off your high horse and go look up planetside. If your any of a true FPS gamer you'll hit yourself over the head for missing that game. Rumor has it there making a sequel though.

Point is if i look back at what i spent on shooters and what i spent on MMO's, it's roughtly the same in terms of years of fun, only shooters having a higher turnover in games, since they bore faster. And i've been playing shooters since wolfenstein 3D, and mmo's since Redmoon (released in 1998).

The only arguement i can think of for calling mmo players "idiots" is the golden days of Quake 3, Counterstrike and Unreal tournament all beeing released shortly after another. In that case, i would say, holding on to a decade ago makes you look like the idiot.

(fun little detail, i was the only one in my college class that had played MMO's before WoW, they all called me the idiot. WoW came along, and 13/22 people ended up playing it for a year+, not even including me. I held off 6 months calling them idiots while they delt with lag and server queues :p)


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